An important function of our zoo is helping orphaned and injured animals through our rehabilitation program. Injured wild animals can be brought to the zoo where they are nursed back to health. Depending on the injuries, they may be released in the wild or retained at the zoo if not releasable. The Hutchinson Zoo has over 400 animals go through our rehab program every year.
However, many young fledgling birds and other animals are brought to us that are not injured or in peril, but simply victims of well meaning people who are able to pick them up and therefore think there is a problem.